Behavioral and Brain Sciences

Open Peer Commentary
van Gelder: The dynamical hypothesis

An appeal for liberalism, or why van Gelder's notion of a dynamical system is too narrow for cognitive science

Michael Wheeler a1
a1 Department of Experimental Psychology, University of Oxford, Oxford, OX1 3UD, United Kingdom


Van Gelder identifies the notion of a dynamical system with that of a quantitative system. According to an alternative view, a dynamical system is a state-determined system. This suggests a more profitable way to understand the roles of computation and dynamics in cognitive explanation.